Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thought Provoking - The Price of Death

Most people have heard the phrase “I’m a lover – not a fighter”. Well…, I want to use a little different variation on that phrase and say “I’m a reader – not a writer”. I like to read – especially mysteries. A little over a year ago, I decided to start this blog and write about what I read – the mysteries, the characters, and the authors.

My last post was on “The Price of Death” by S.J. Robinson and I had a real tough time with it. The difficulty was not because I did not like reading the book - I did enjoy it. My difficulty was because I had a hard time knowing what I wanted to say and how I would say it. In my previous blog, I mentioned this was a fictional account addressing a serious issue. This was an AWESOME task for the author to take on. It was very thought provoking!!!

Our main character is Jessica Lamm – a attorney that does medical malpractice. Most people have their views of attorneys and those that do medical malpractice. Basically what we know is limited. They have these cases with huge settlements and they get a huge percentage of the settlement. Our writer uses her book (and the character) to teach us more about what is involved. I will only highlight some of these lessons in this blog because you should really read the book to see how the author reveals these lessons.

Why are the settlements so huge? There are several reasons. One reason is the cost of producing the case. In most cases, expert witnesses are needed to testify in the case. There are risks – especially monetary – in testifying against your colleagues. Then there are the current and future losses by the victim(s) of the case.

And if you think it is easy to have a case of medical malpractice, think again!! In order to bring a case of medical malpractice, you have to have grounds. Plus you have to provide proof. The author (who by the way was a previous nurse and a previous attorney) shows the thought and time that goes into making a case.

Granted not all malpractice attorneys are like Jessica Lamm but there are attorneys who actually care about what they do and the people they help. By writing this book, S.J. Robinson has given us some food for thought and she has definitely stirred up my "grey matter".


JenningsJunk said... if I wasn't already intrigued with your initial review, you had to take it up a notch! I had almost talked myself out of putting this one on my "wanna read" list. Not so now - onto the list it goes :D Glad you revisited this one.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Sounds like this is a good book. And you did a good review as you always do. Sometimes words may seem hard to find, but you always find them and inspire us to put the books on our "got to read" list. It's no wonder the publishers are seeking you out! Keep up the good work!